Body Dysmorphic Disorder can be characterized as "persistent and intrusive preoccupations with an imagined or slight defect in one's appearance," according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
This triptych is an exploration into how one person dealing with the disorder may see and present themselves to the outside world.
Photographing a Society
Documentary photography can be explained as a style of photography that chronicles events and environments, often but not always, over a period of time. These photographs generally hold historical or current day relevance on topics of issue.
Photographing organizations is just one example. This body of work focuses on Middle Tennessee State University’s Photo Society, a student organization, and provides an account on some of the events and meetings held by the group throughout the duration of the Spring 2017 semester.
Similar to America’s current political state in regards to changes in leadership, the Photo Society has also undergone a change in leadership with officers holding new positions this semester. Documenting this transition is important for many reasons; as a method of truth telling over time, to raise awareness of the society and its activities, but most importantly because it provides a record for not only the public but also members and officers to see and witness. This documentation could potentially help future officers to adapt their attitudes of how to manage a large group of people.
The work explores themes of leadership, officer and member interactions, emotions, student organization culture and events in a series of 12 large-scale 11”x14” archival prints and a printed poster of more photos from each event. The aim of this series is to provide a commentary on what participation in a student organization may be like, both as a member and as an officer in a position of administration.
The inspiration for this work came primarily from the work of Pete Souza, the former Chief Official White House photographer for Barack Obama. His documentary work throughout the Journey of the previous President from his time as a senator to the Obama Administration was captured in candid yet formal manners. This made his narrative all the more powerful as it told an honest story.
… Because history happens and photographers alone are able to capture the memories, frame by frame.
Environmental portraits can often be powerful representations of people and the places that hold significant meaning to them. Just like the medium of 35mm film, people and times can change, making these portraits meaningful for only a short period of time.
This body of work consists of 10 triptych-like environmental portraits that document the various settings encountered in the food industry. With this project, the goal was to provide insight into the different atmospheres one could experience at each type of establishment, while subconsciously creating memories. This work explores themes of people, places, emotions, and memory-making at a time people often disregard or consider unimportant due to the frequency of their occurrences. The different eateries presented in this work are located in the Murfreesboro-Nashville Area and range from more affordable fast food joints to higher-end dining establishments.
The inspiration for this work came primarily from the work of David Hilliard. After studying his work, in no time, the details began to stand out and lead to the creation of this collection of photographs. Not wanting to replicate his work, the inspiration influenced the development of a more personalized series of photographs that focused on the normalcy of life and daily routine. The result is a collection of environmental portraits that reflect memory-making events that are often overlooked.
The inclusion of the film’s sprocket holes and information in the final images pay homage to a unique medium that has been limited by time. It also demonstrates how the work was created and represents the idea of a fleeting memory that can be replaced or even completely forgotten...
…because memories fade but film does not.
The Technical View of a Landscape
This project looked into the technical aspect of image making using a 4x5 large format camera.
For each image in this series, the bellows, tilts, swings, shifts, raises and falls were adjusted to see how the image area and the focus would be affected. The time of year, proximity to different state parks, and the possibility of making each image unique from the previous were all among reasons for choosing landscapes for my subject matter.
Negatives, once developed, were scanned to create digital files which were then minimally edited, to keep images as true to capture as possible, and then digitally printed on 11” x 14" luster photo paper and window-matted.
More images coming soon.
An environmental portrait of a maintenance worker at a local motel in the Nashville area.
This image was made using 4x5 color sheet film which had been developed, scanned in and digitally printed on a large format printer. The final print measures 75 inches in length.
Shown below first as a whole and then each frame individually.
Using digital tools to repair older photographs which have suffered from different types of damage like, discoloration, tears and creases, stains, water damage or fading. I can restore them to their former glory.